Over 30 international students, together with 6 of their teachers, visited Belfast International Airport this week as part the Erasmus student exchange programme.
The students from schools in Holland, Switzerland, Germany and France together with a group from Belfast Boys’ Model School have been tasked with looking at ‘Tourism, business studies and careers‘.
The day began at the Airport Maldron Hotel with a presentation to the students to give them a flavour of what is involved in the careers and business focus within the airport. The students had the chance to ask questions to the airport team of Graham Keddie, Managing Director, Lorna Brown, Customer Services Executive, Sharon McIlveen, Procurement Officer, Martini Lach, Operations Controller, and Rod Haskins, Operations Manager.
This was followed with a tour of the airport.
At the event, Graham Keddie said: “This visit fits with the education strand of the airport’s Corporate Responsibility programme. We aim to show students both locally and those from abroad how their studies will give them the opportunity to choose a career in any industry. Who knows, perhaps we will welcome some of them to Belfast International Airport some day in the future.”
Jonny Smith, who teaches careers at Belfast Boys’ Model School, said that the students found the airport visit linked in well with their curriculum. He said: “On return to school, each team of students will prepare a presentation showing what they have learned during their airport visit.
"Initial comments from them have expressed their amazement at the range of different business outlets at the airport. There are tremendous career opportunities within the complex and, with the airport growing all the time, we know there will be a constant demand for new employees.”